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A THORNY ISSUE: Losing faith in Carlos

15 March 2017

THE BUCK FOR retaining out-of-form all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite in the one-day cricket team stops with the West Indies selectors. He’s not responsible for selecting himself. Let’s accept that and recognise that’s the heart of the matter. In this situation only... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Samuel a rising force

08 March 2017

LAST YEAR’S Gold Cup Day, one of Jalon Samuel’s greatest fans caused a stir and hot debate when he said he believed the now three-time winner of the prestigious race was a better rider than icons like Chally Jones,Venice Richards and Patrick Husbands. This was after... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Wide open race for Cup

01 March 2017

CAN A locally owned horse win the Sandy Lane Gold Cup? It’s the $214 000 question as we speed to Saturday’s big show and dance at the Garrison Savannah. A year ago I was very emphatic in my proclamation that Just A Fashion was the best Bajan pick to win the gallop... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Right move, Mr President

22 February 2017

KEITH YEARWOOD has lived for cycling for more than 25 years but now he has decided that it’s not worth dying for after a tumultuous period which saw him at odds with varying factions of those he wanted to govern. I think he has made the right decision not to stand... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Let’s get cracking on sports policy

15 February 2017

SO WHAT’S UP with Ryan Brathwaite? His scathing rebuke of the sporting system in Barbados was the first of its kind uttered by him publicly, and it may have taken some by surprise. I hope that his pointed, forthright comments don’t cause him to be victimised as... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Jury out on possible Shiv return

01 February 2017

WAS COURTNEY BROWNE bluffing when he said recently he was open to selecting players for the West Indies team irrespective of age? Was he just flying a kite to get some general reaction on whether to recall the discarded stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has continued... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: We need more like Clarke

25 January 2017

A SPORTS JOURNALIST from the NATION made much ado last week about Dale Clarke not being recognised by the National Sports Council (NSC) for his sterling contribution to the growth of road tennis in the past decade. I understand where he was coming from, but it can... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: World Cup hopes still a dream

18 January 2017

WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? Seems to be a pertinent question as football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced last week that the World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Unsurprisingly, there have been mixed reviews for the move, with some agreeing... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Need to improve football’s image

11 January 2017

FOOTBALL IS ARGUABLY the main sport the populace likes to bash. A molehill turns into a mountain once there is any incident related to the sport in these times. Honestly, this wasn’t always the case, because players from another era conducted themselves with a decorum... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Day of reckoning for track, cycling

04 January 2017

TWO PENDING general meetings should provide intrigue in the early days of the local sporting calendar for 2017. All eyes and ears will be on the outcome of the elections of the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU) and the Athletics Association Of Barbados (AAB). Cycling... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Spotlight on Griffith

21 December 2016

KEITH GRIFFITH’S CIRCUMSTANCES are special and it is clear why the benefit evening was held at the National Stadium on Sunday. Following recent surgery, a group of friends nobly came together and decided to stage an event to raise funds to help with his aftercare... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Boxing crying out for support

14 December 2016

I THINK OUR AMATEUR BOXERS made another glorious statement of intent at the just concluded Caribbean Development Boxing Tournament at the Sea Rocks Dome. Truthfully, you can argue that the overall report card of the boxers at this level was a rubber stamp of what... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: WI cricket dogged by division

07 December 2016

IT CONTINUES to boggle the mind why winds of division are blowing through West Indies cricket at a time when we should still be savouring an unprecedented treble and consolidating those gains. Instead it appears to have gone horribly wrong since the capture of the... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Maintaining facilities a must

30 November 2016

THE ISSUE FACED by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) in being forced to reschedule matches in other territories reinforces the point that we need more adequate facilities for hosting major events. Not unsurprisingly, Kensington Oval has become a hub more than... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Promote sporting culture

23 November 2016

ESTABLISHING a true sports culture would go a long way in increasing our success at all levels. Just think how much more could have been achieved in the sporting arena over the past 50 years if we were more deliberate in our support for our sportsmen and women. ... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Delightful Daniel shows world class

16 November 2016

ARGUABLY the best display ever in a set by a player justified claims that road tennis is a world-class sport. It unfolded dramatically on semi-final night at the World Road Tennis Championships when Antonio “Lil Man” Daniel produced a master class to take the venom... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Test win brings hope for the future

09 November 2016

THE WEST INDIES must be lauded for their most significant and positive result in Test cricket for almost 18 months. Not so long ago we were fearing the worst for West Indies cricket when there was talk about a two-tiered Test system which would have seen the West... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Stoute won’t be easy to replace

02 November 2016

THE REIGN of the King is virtually at an end but after he goes what happens next? This is the first thought that courted my mind after veteran sports administrator Steve Stoute announced he was on the verge of giving up his post on multiple organisations. Our... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Still a lot of punch in boxing

19 October 2016

I AM GLAD that I was commissioned to cover the Carlton Hope/Lionel Hall Memorial Boxing Tournament last Saturday. I was able to guage what is really happening in local amateur boxing after a lengthy period of dormancy and belly aching by Barbados Boxing Association... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Factors behind WI whitewash

12 October 2016

THE SOUL of West Indies cricket is at stake amidst all of the verbal wars in the past week. It shows that we have reached a juncture where individuals are prepared to fight with bare knuckles to get over their points, irrespective of who is maimed in the process.... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Boxing chief’s low blow

05 October 2016

HOW CAN THE MEDIA report on local boxing when there’s hardly anything to report on? Boxing – amateur and professional – is as dead as the proverbial door nail. Your only tussle is deciding to which funeral home to give the turnout. So while the sport survives... Read More

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